Pied Pipers and Time Traps
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Free Game Friday 05/26/23: The Theresa Duncan Adventure Games
There's a lot of "computer games for girls" out there, but they tend to be pretty lame even to their demographic; there's only so many variants on "put the clothes on Barbie" or cheap reskins of games for boys you can take regardless of your age group. Chop Suey was notable for not just breaking that mold, but for being surprisingly enjoyable for those well outside its target audience. With its uniquely off-beat setting, some surprisingly earnest storytelling and a surreal but unique art style, it's a point-and-click with tons of cahrm. Zero Zero is another interactive story set in Paris in the 1900s, while Smarty is a somewhat educational experience, which are considerably less well-known (and surprisingly difficult to find physical copies of these days). All of them have been well acclaimed though, and a successful Kickstarter was launched to make the games available to stream online indefinitely, so you can play them all for free on Rhizome's website.